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Milk is crucial for the development of human bodies but cows are harmful to the environment. Dairy farmers must make money but the milk production business is extremely challenging. There is an inverse relationship between a cow’s fatigue and the quantities of milk she produces. The more milk she produces, the more difficulty she has getting pregnant. Cows are fairly fragile creatures; stress them too much and their deterioration is usually irreversible. So, how can more milk be profitably produced without harming the herd or contributing to global warming?

Since any particular cow emits essentially the same levels of methane and ammonia regardless of how much milk she produces, dramatically improving the milk output per cow means fewer cows will be needed. Applying the collection and computational properties from the Internet of Things and Big Data, a company from the land of milk and honey is championing the technology to boost milk output per cow. Afikim, Israel-based Afimilk deserves some of the credit for Israel having the world’s most productive cows; on average, each Israeli cow produces 12 tons of milk annually, roughly double the output achieved in Australia and Germany.

Before we delve into the solution to the riddle presented above, let’s take a closer look at the riddle.

Why is Milk Important in Our Diet?

Milk provides 16 essential nutrients that help nourish healthy bodies and minds, by far more than any other natural beverage. Milk and milk products provide approximately 73% of the calcium—critical for strong bones and teeth—available in the food supply. The phosphorus found in milk helps the body absorb calcium. At least 3% of the content of milk is in the form of protein which builds and repairs body tissues and forms antibodies that help fight infections. Milk is also a significant source of riboflavin (vitamin B2) which helps promote healthy eyes. Milk’s lactic acid exfoliates skin, its enzymes help smooth skin and its amino acids help keep skin moisturized.

Milk is especially important for children as it is a nutrient dense food. For children too impatient to work their way through a plate of vegetables at one sitting, downing a glass of milk is a much more expedient way to ingest a similar amount of nutrients. Further, the nutrients milk provides are accompanied by relatively few calories.

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